New Al’s Breakfast co-owner Alison Kirwin is taking the 67-year-old business in an unexpected direction. Al’s Breakfast began offering weekend late-night hours — with an exclusive menu — for the first time Sept. 8. While students are excited for the opportunity to have breakfast at night, staffing the late-night hours has been a challenge.
A new Cedar-Riverside employment organization seeks to slash unemployment rates in the community. Pioneer Staffing and Training, which will launch next week, will be the first employment center in Minneapolis that is a public benefit corporation — a for-profit business also focused on societal impact. Around 18 percent of Cedar-Riverside residents are unemployed, while the statewide unemployment rate sits close to 4 percent.
As students and faculty return to campus each fall, crime rates frequently spike. Some types of crime were reported more during this year’s welcome week than last. Incidents of theft and property damage have eclipsed those from last year.
A plan proposed by a University of Minnesota forestry class could ease traffic woes in a local neighborhood. Many Southeast Como residents want renovations to the neighborhood's 40-year-old traffic diverters — blockades that reroute and slow traffic — on residential streets connecting East Hennepin Avenue and Como Avenue Southeast.
Construction began last week on a bridge to connect the Cedar-Riverside and downtown neighborhoods. Samatar Crossing, a new pedestrian and bicyclist bridge near 15th Avenue South and South 6th Street is planned to open in 2018.